Write A Non-Fiction Book In A Day
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- How to find great ideas for books
- How to repurpose content you already have into a book
- How to turn content into a book quickly
- A step by step approach to creating a book in a short space of time
- How to quickly become a published author
- Understanding of WORD or similar
- Be comfortable with using technology
Is writing a book on your bucket list?
Has it been on your bucket list way too long? Do you find yourself procrastinating over getting it done? Perhaps it feels like it is too big a project?
What if I could show you a way to create a simple book with content that you already have?
You could become a published author in a short space of time and use this new found confidence and learn how to create other books. Perhaps a series of books?
My name is Dale and I have written and published lots of non-fiction books. I typically write a book, develop a course and online program at the same time. This naturally takes time. There are occasions when I get great ideas and then let them go. That was until I designed a step by step approach to writing one day books.
This step by step approach:-
Makes it easier for you to become a published author
Simplifies writing a book
Means that you can become a published author quickly
By following the steps in this course you will be able to take existing content that you are sitting on, create new content easily to fill the gaps and create a book in a day. Once you have done this once, you can do it time and time again.
My goal is to make this as easy as possible for you.
How much great content are you sitting on?
I confess that I have way too much stuff on my computer that I have done nothing with. Perhaps you are the same?
Can you think of a 101 reasons why you shouldn't convert your content into things like books, journals, and workbooks?
If you can put all of your misgivings to one side, and follow these steps you will be able to easily turn your content into a series of short books which you can sell on Amazon - maybe as your side hustle.
In this course, I am going to help you to brainstorm ideas, then take you through a process that will enable you to turn your valuable content into books which you can sell within a short space of time.
My question is what are you waiting for? How much great content do you have that you could turn into a book?
Come on in and let's get your book written and published.
- People who are curious how to use their content better
- People who want to create books for their business or a side hustle
Hey. I am delighted to see you on this course.
We are going to go on quite an adventure getting your book written and published.
I've set the course out so that you can go through each of the stages step by step. The idea is that you can go from brainstorming an idea to hitting publish in a day. A day is approx. 8 hours.
Of course, you may decide that you split this over a few days. You may start by brainstorming ideas and getting comfortable with technology like WORD and setting up your Kindle Direct Publishing Account (Amazon). There may be areas where you need some extra support, for example you may not know WORD as well as I do and need to go off and learn some extra things or outsource this step to your VA (virtual assistant).
I've shown you all of the steps I take and to make this work, you may need more preparation time (next lecture). The key to success is to make this process work for you, ask questions and ask for help when you get stuck.
What I am not able to do is to teach you WORD. If you find yourself getting stuck, then let me know and I can guide you towards some fabulous WORD course. Alternatively we can find someone to help you. There's always someone who can help.
Please do not struggle with anything, come and ask me questions.
Thank you for choosing this course and let's get that book written.
Make a list of what you need to prepare and familiarise yourself with. We will be covering all of these, but you might want to take a look at some of them first.
Set aside some time
Kindle Direct Publishing account
WORD – style sheets
Canva – images/book cover
Printer to print out your work
I do all of my one day books in a day. A day for me is 8 hours. This may not work for you, so split your 8 hours up over a period of time that does work for you.
Think of the consequences and rewards of doing this:-
If you don’t write the book now, you might never write it
Create rewards and celebrate
Get yourself an accountability buddy. Make sure it's someone you trust and who will keep you inspired and motivated.
Set you intentions on what this book will do for you and your ideal reader. Intentions are where we focus on what we want and answer the question where do we want to go. What is your intention for this book?
Why do you want to write a book?
What will it help you achieve?
How will it make you feel?
ACTION: Do your preparation. We will be covering all of these things. The most important are your why, intention and time.
What you can create in a day
In this lecture I show you the first book that I created in a day. This can now become a template for similar books.Come back to this lecture to remind yourself of the parts of the book.
Front cover - must have the same words as the actual book cover
Legal notices and ISBN number
Resources - where you readers can sign up for a gift and other resources that they can use with the book
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At a glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. It's like a white board, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you.
To learn more head to Trello and take the tour to see if it is for you.
It's easy to set up and use.
Step 1 – Brainstorm ideas
I love to journal and I adore mandalas. There’s something incredibly relaxing about colouring a mandala in while letting a prompt run through your head. I’ve found in my journaling workshops that this is one of the most powerful ways for people to gain clarity. The idea or should I say ideas for my series of one day books were no brainers.
Sometimes we miss the most obvious ideas because we are so focused on creating our big book idea. If you are letting your mind get in the way, take some time out to journal and scribble. Ask yourself, what if I did write a short book, how would that feel?
I can tell you it feels great.
Have a think about what content you have either on a blog or in a course that you could easily re purpose into a simple book. It can be connected to your main business, a business you want to move into or a side hustle. The key is simplicity.
Let’s say that you are a money mindset coach, you could produce a journaling book that takes your reader through your money manifestation process, without all of the explanation that you might reserve for you brand busting book – that can come later.
What if you are a marketing consultant and your blog is full of tips. Need I say more?
Perhaps you are a therapist who specialises in relationships, you could also create a journal that enables the reader to move through a 21 day process of seeing their relationships in another light.
You may have a workshop manual that with a little zing added could become a beautiful book.
Action: Make a list of simple ideas where you know you have the content or can create it easily.
Brainstorm book titles
As part of your idea generation process, make a list of book titles. Let them sit with you. Before you finalise your book, you will have to choose. I know one will leap out.
I find that as I am brainstorming one idea usually comes to me and I go with that.
What about being brave and asking a few trusted friends what they think?
If time allows, head over to Amazon and look there.
ACTION: Make a list and leave them to reflect as the day goes by.
The knowledge audit
How to create content from what you have and what you know.
Knowing what we know can be a challenge. For your book, you are leveraging existing articulated content, existing un-articulated content and formulating new content from your ideas. All of which needs documenting, mapping out and aligning to the relevant chapter(s).
To make sense of your knowledge you need to locate it and create a map of where it is, how to access it and where to use it.
For each chapter decide what you have e.g. content in other places which is already created.
What you have to create - new content
Using a spreadsheet or Evernote, note where all of your content is and note needs to be created
ACTION: Go through your outline and chapter framework and find what you have, repurposed and what needs to be created.
Who is your ideal reader?
Don’t spend long agonizing over this. Get an idea of who this is for. Do the demographics (age, sex, gender), that’s always pretty easy. Then ask:-
What are their goals?
What are their values?
What challenges do they have?
What are the immediate pain points?
Where do they normally hangout to get information (books, blogs, magazines, films, gurus’s etc.)?
Action: Draw a quick matchstick person and answer the questions.
What questions are they asking?
This is fairly straightforward, grab some post-it notes and brainstorm 20-30 questions they may be asking you. Put them in some kind order and leave them while you grab a cuppa.
You are asking questions so that you can become clear about how you map your content to the reader journey - coming next.
It is always about what they are asking, not what we think they are asking. If you are not sure, do some research.
Action: Brainstorm questions and put them in what you consider to be a logical order, perhaps in themes or parts and then reflect
Map the customer journey
Do a quick map of which content in which order. You have the questions, so start there. And perhaps it doesn’t matter. Just make sure that it makes sense in some way.
The journey takes your reader from not knowing to a good outcome. you could offer:-
21 days to something
A process - coaching
Prompts around a theme
Map it out:
Roll of paper/A3 pad
Map it all out all
Play and have fun
Action: Create a customer journey map based on your questions, if relevant. Otherwise map the journey in a way that is right for this book. Write out a rough outline, with headings, subheadings and your questions. I've included a detailed outline - just use what works for you.
Assess the gaps
Basically, what do you need to write that you don’t already have?
What content do you have that you can use with minimal intervention? Check what you can re purpose and do a deeper look.
Ask what needs to be written? Perhaps a new chapter or do you need to design some journaling pages? Maybe you want to add in some images?
Action: Access the gaps, making sure that this is not a huge task. Decide how you will fill the gaps. Make a list.
Compile the content
Now you are at the compiling stage. When you write a book, you normally create each chapter and leave the introduction to the end.
You need a blueprint with topics (headings) / subtopics (sub headings) / questions and you are now putting the content into your book in the order that it needs to go in, which is your customer journey.
Open each document and copy and paste your content in. Leave gaps for what you have to write. You will then be ready to write and edit.
Action: Compile your book.
Write the missing content
This will include an intro and any chapters or content that needs to go in that you don’t already have. These will also make great blogs.
Design the chapter content - your book blueprint - you should have this. Use it to map out what you need to write, include:-
Set a timer
Write for 55 minutes
Take a break
When you have finished, write a short introduction.
Action: Do the writing bits.